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Wide-eyed in Zambia: Africa’s last great place

I’d forgotten how it feels on your first day in the bush. Exhilarated and wide-eyed. Over the moon. And then, sobering up, eager but cautious. A safari lodge is a …


First Spokane Audubon meeting scheduled

The first Spokane Audubon meeting of this season is scheduled for Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. at the Riverview Community Bldg., 2117 E. North Crescent Ave.


Africa is the ‘fire continent’ but blazes differ from Amazon

As the world has watched with fear and fascination the fires burning in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest, satellite images show a far greater number of blazes on the African continent.


France honors African veterans of World War II landings

It’s sometimes called “the forgotten D-Day,” the crucial but overshadowed Allied invasion of the French Riviera to push back the Nazis. France held an elaborate military ceremony Thursday to remember …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 15, 2019, 5:37 p.m.

Report: Levi’s, Wrangler, Lee seamstresses harassed, abused

Women sewing blue jeans for Levi’s, Wrangler, Lee and The Children’s Place faced sexual harassment and gender-based violence and some were coerced into having sex with supervisors to keep their …


2 Ebola patients in Congo “cured” with drugs, say doctors

Two Ebola patients who were treated with new drugs in the city of Goma in eastern Congo have been declared “cured” and returned to their home.


UPDATED: Sat., July 27, 2019, 10:06 p.m.

Africa’s booming cities face a severe toilet crisis

Africa’s booming cities face a toilet crisis; just 14 free public ones in Uganda’s capital


UPDATED: Thu., July 25, 2019, 8:54 p.m.

150 migrants feared dead after boats capsize off Libya coast

Up to 150 Europe-bound migrants were missing and feared drowned on Thursday after the boats they were traveling in capsized in the Mediterranean Sea off Libya, the coast guard and …


Days for Girls groups make reusable hygiene products to send around globe

It’s something most women in North America don’t think twice about. When that time of the month rolls around, stocking up on sanitary supplies is as easy as a quick …


Greek find called earliest sign of our species out of Africa

Scientists say they’ve identified the earliest sign of our species outside Africa, a chunk of skull recovered from a cave in southern Greece.


UPDATED: Wed., June 12, 2019, 8:38 p.m.

US urges Sudan’s protesters and army to resume talks

Sudan’s protest movement calls off its general strike, as US envoy urges talks with army.


5-year-old dies of Ebola as outbreak crosses Congo border

A 5-year-old boy vomiting blood became the first cross-border victim in the current Ebola outbreak on Wednesday, while his 3-year-old brother and grandmother tested positive for the disease that has …


UPDATED: Mon., June 10, 2019, 12:56 p.m.

Government: 95 dead in latest massacre to hit central Mali

Assailants raided a central Mali village early Monday, killing at least 95 people in the latest massacre in a growing ethnic conflict that has been enflamed by Islamic extremists, government …


Ethiopian adoptees in Nine Mile Falls learn their birth mother who has cancer, HIV is improbably alive

Adesalem and Kella Jelinek believed for years that their mother, who gave them up after contracting HIV and being diagnosed with uterine cancer, had died. Then, this spring, a nonprofit …


Alarm as Ebola outbreak reaches 2,000 cases, picks up speed

The deadly Ebola outbreak in eastern Congo has surpassed 2,000 cases and is picking up speed.


Botswana lifts ban on elephant hunting, to some anger

Botswana has lifted its ban on elephant hunting in a country with the world’s highest number of the animals, a decision that has brought anger from some wildlife protection groups …


Navy SEAL pleads guilty in hazing death of Green Beret

A U.S. Navy SEAL pleaded guilty Thursday to hazing and assault charges for his role in the 2017 strangulation of a U.S. Army Green Beret in Africa.


WHO warns Ebola could spread elsewhere if attacks don’t stop

The World Health Organization warned Friday that it may not be possible to contain Ebola to the two affected provinces in eastern Congo if violent attacks on health teams continue.


Sudanese hold mass rally amid standoff with generals

Tens of thousands of Sudanese protesters took part in a mass rally Thursday to step up pressure on the military to hand power to civilians following last month’s overthrow of …


New cyclone begins to make landfall in northern Mozambique

A powerful tropical cyclone began to make landfall on Thursday in Mozambique, just six weeks after Cyclone Idai devastated the central part of the country and left hundreds dead. Authorities …


In Rwanda, mountain gorilla treks spur country’s renewal effort

I had come to Rwanda with my college roommate to celebrate a big birthday on a trip years in the making. We had dreamed about venturing to Volcanoes National Park …


Bare-handed surgeries as Zimbabwe’s health system collapses

A doctors’ strike in Zimbabwe has crippled a health system that was already in intensive care from neglect. It mirrors the state of affairs in a country that was full …


Governor replaces Fish and Game commissioner who hunted family of baboons in Africa

Gov. Butch Otter on Thursday appointed a former Idaho State Bureau of Land Management director to replace the Fish and Game commissioner who resigned in October after photos of his …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 5, 2018, 12:06 p.m.

Melania Trump loses footing with elephant, but not with kids

Melania Trump briefly lost her footing when a baby elephant startled her with a sudden move, but the first lady was anything but out of step when children at an …


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 2, 2018, 10:19 p.m.

China-Africa trade deficit prominent at conference

African leaders will likely press their Chinese hosts at a conference this week to help narrow their trade deficits with Beijing by shifting more manufacturing to their continent, the chief …


Angela Merkel wraps up Africa visit in Nigeria

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday was wrapping up a three-day Africa visit in Nigeria with a meeting between the leaders of Europe’s and Africa’s largest economies focusing on migration.


Trump speaks out about Africa again, and many cringe

By now, many Africans know to cringe whenever “Trump” and their continent are mentioned together.


Chinese find suggests human relatives left Africa earlier

Stone tools recovered from an excavation in China suggest that our evolutionary forerunners trekked out of Africa earlier than we thought.


UPDATED: Sun., June 24, 2018, 1:35 p.m.

EU papers over differences after ‘frank’ migration talks

The leaders of 16 countries survived the “frank talk” of an emergency meeting on immigration and emerged with a veneer of common purpose Sunday as the European Union enters a …


Spain saves 933 migrants, waits for another 630 on Aquarius

Spain’s maritime rescue service said it has saved 933 people and recovered four bodies from dozens of migrant boats attempting the perilous crossing of the Mediterranean Sea over the past …